The Way Back

Release date: 08-04-2011
Director: Peter Weir

directed by Peter Weir written by Keith R. Clarke, Peter Weir based on “The Long Walk” by Sławomir Rawicz director of photography Russell Boyd music by Burkhard von Dallwitz production design by John Stoddart, Kes Bonnet costume design by Wendy Stites edited by Lee Smith sound by Paul Berolzheimer production managers Robert Huberman, R.J. Mino, Jonathan Tzachor

cast Colin Farrell (Valka), Ed Harris (Smith), Jim Sturgess (Janusz), Saoirse Ronan (Irena), Dragos Bucur (Zoran), Alexandru Potocean (Tomasz), Gustaf Skarsgard (Voss), Mark Strong (Khabarov)

produced by Siberian Production LLC co-produced by Monolith Films producers Duncan Henderson, Joni Levin, Nigel Sinclair, Peter Weir co-producer Roee Sharon co-financed by The Polish Film Institute distributed by Monolith

Dolby Digital, 35 mm, colour, 133′

USA-Poland 2010


Based on a true story. A tale about freedom and the struggle to regain a feeling of humanity lost in a Soviet gulag. The Way Back tells the story of a group of multi-national prisoners and their 1940 escape from Siberia; passing through Mongolia, the Gobi desert, and the Himalayas, they slowly make their way to India.


Peter Weir

Born in 1944. Studied art and law at the University of Sydney. Director, screenwriter, producer.